Keown: ‘Tierney is just the type of personality Arsenal need’
Granit Xhaka has denied any reports of a fight or an argument between him and Tierney by posting a picture of them on the flight to Norway for the game against Molde and saying: “The left foot union! No problems here."
After the full-time whistle of the 0-0 draw againstLeeds United
went to confront
, who was at the center of the incident that saw
received a red card.
When he reached Alioski, his teammate
had his arm around him and Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding had to drag Tierney away.
Now it seems that the two have buried the hatchet as Xhaka posted a picture of them on the flight to Norway for the game against Molde on Thursday and has denied any reports of an argument or a fight between him and Tierney.
He wrote under the picture:
“The left foot union! No problems here.”
Although some might not like Tierney’s attitude, former Arsenal captain Martin Keown believes that Tierney’s attitude is what Arsenal need.
“This is a team that are rebuilding under Arteta. I was impressed with some of the fighting spirit on show,” he said.
“The way Kieran Tierney was trying to have a word with Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski at full-time — the player he saw as the protagonist in Pepe’s sending off — showed impressive fighting spirit.
“Tierney typified that spirit in the game itself, too. He’s not just at the back trying to keep a clean sheet. He bombs forward and puts in those extra yards for his team.
“Tierney might have felt incensed to see Granit Xhaka with his arm around Alioski at the end of the game after what had happened.
“I would have certainly felt like that if I’d seen one of my team-mates practically fraternizing with the enemy.
“Xhaka then pushed Tierney away from the situation when he tried to confront Alioski.
“But the dust will settle from that incident. Tierney is just the type of personality Arsenal need in their team.”
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